May 12, 2013
FUTTSU, Chiba Prefecture--Springtime in all its newness and splendor has arrived in Takagoyama Prefectural Natural Park along with the season's arrival of baby Japanese snow...
May 09, 2013
NISHI-AIZU, Fukushima Prefecture--Customers have been screaming for traditional Okiagari-Koboshi (getting-up little priest) dolls that have been given an expressionistic twist. ...
May 04, 2013
ONAGAWA, Miyagi Prefecture--About 100 volunteers from around the country gathered together to help carry a mikoshi, or portable shrine, during a spring festival in this...
May 02, 2013
YAWATA, Kyoto Prefecture--An ancient shrine is going high-tech to ward off the dark and increase visitor numbers. The stone lanterns at Iwashimizu Hachimangu shrine, which have ...
May 02, 2013
KYOTO--Mother Nature was at her best for the opening day of the “noryo yuka” season on May 1. Patrons enjoying the cool breezes along the Kamogawa river were treated to a...
April 30, 2013
The sounds of crying babies rang out at Sensoji temple on April 29 as the 23rd annual “Naki Sumo” baby cry-off got under its wailing way.
April 28, 2013
SERA, Hiroshima Prefecture—The slopes and fields of Kamu no Sato Rokutan park, a tourist farm, are a sea of seasonal color at this time of year.
April 27, 2013
YAMAGATA--A hidden Buddha statue at the revered Risshakuji temple here is on show for the first time in 50 years, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people to...
April 23, 2013
LONGMEN, China--In a small mountainous village, desperate residents lined a roadway holding signs and placards with entreaties to passing motorists that they had no food or...
April 22, 2013
Costumes and stage props at the Kabukiza theater's new Kabukiza Gallery will be open to public viewing from April 24.
April 22, 2013
A company in Okinawa Prefecture has developed the world's first communications device that enables divers to "talk" with one another below the surface using light signals.
April 14, 2013
With no CG, no invisible wires, and even no magical powers to rely on, a photo posted on Twitter by a 16-year-old high school girl in Japan has gained worldwide attention for...
April 09, 2013
YOSHINO, Nara Prefecture--Cherry blossoms on Mount Yoshinoyama, part of the World Heritage site here, are now at their peak, painting the slopes of the mountain a pale pink.
April 08, 2013
TOMIOKA, Fukushima Prefecture--Evacuees are trickling back to see the famed “cherry blossoms of Yonomori” that had attracted more than 100,000 annual sightseers before the...
April 04, 2013
NUMAZU, Shizuoka Prefecture--On the decks of festively decorated boats, fishermen dressed in women's clothing performed a traditional dance praying for a safe and bountiful...
March 30, 2013
A giant doughnut-shaped garden opened March 30 on the roofed junction of the Shuto Expressway in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward.
March 26, 2013
TATEBAYASHI, Gunma Prefecture--For a quintessential Japanese spring scene, check out the thousands of colorful "koinobori" carp streamers strung across the Tsuruudagawa river...
March 25, 2013
Out with the old and in with the old, the new Kabukiza theater in Tokyo's Ginza district retains much the look and feel of its 1924 antecedent, as media representatives got a...
March 21, 2013
Renowned architectural photographer Yukio Futagawa lost his battle with cancer on March 5 in Tokyo. He was 80.
March 17, 2013
Unseasonably warm weather is waking up the cherry blossoms in central Tokyo about 10 days earlier than usual, promising a colorful week ahead.